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Old 22-04-2013, 08:22   #1
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Catch what you eat?

Hi folks,

When sailing around the English Channel and French coast I used to catch mackarel and loved eating them fresh from the sea. In my mind a fish that's been out of the water for more than an hour or so isn't really fresh. I can't pretend it was sport as the lure we used just worked and dropping it in the water at about 11.30 when going along at 6 or 7 knots would always result in fish for lunch.

I've now moved down to the med and I was wondering what people catch and eat and what bait/rig they use to catch it.

Does anyone have a book they can recommend that tells all?

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Impressive. So what did you use and how do you know what's good to eat?
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cruisers handbook of fishing
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Ian,

We are in the Med and just made the run from Greece up to Montenegro in the last 3 days... The tuna are in and we have filled the freezer. We use a couple of Rapalas only. We usually troll at 7-8knots. I have been trolling since Israel in early May and FINALLY the fish start to bite. We had total action around the island of Corfu. I just ordered some Mason jars so I can start canning for my trip across the Atlantic in June. Check out the blog site below for the pics.
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Ian,

We are in the Med and just made the run from Greece up to Montenegro in the last 3 days... The tuna are in and we have filled the freezer. We use a couple of Rapalas only. We usually troll at 7-8knots. I have been trolling since Israel in early May and FINALLY the fish start to bite. We had total action around the island of Corfu. I just ordered some Mason jars so I can start canning for my trip across the Atlantic in June. Check out the blog site below for the pics.
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Nice blog and looks like a great trip! thanks for sharing.
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Impressive. So what did you use and how do you know what's good to eat?


for cuttlefish and squids i (we) are using thing that we are calling "peškafondo", dont know english word,




for fish, use mussels, open fresh not cooked mussel with pocket/small sharp pointed knife, take flesh out and hook it on the fishing hook.. also bread (but not crust) is working. vet bread, make it like dough, make small "balls" like marbles, even smaller and hook it on fishing hook for bait. excellent bait for mullets. bream is craisy for prowns (live).
regarding eating, I do not know about north African part of Mediterranean, but European part and especially Adriatic you can eat everything you catch. as far as I know there are no poisonous fish or other sea food.
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sportfish of the pacific also is a good book for types, edibility, how to , etc...written by vic dunaway, published by floridasportsman.com
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I happened to have an Amazon voucher so the book is ordered and on it's way. Thanks.
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awesome--both books are good resources.... glad to have helped....happy sails!
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We are in the Med and just made the run from Greece up to Montenegro in the last 3 days... The tuna are in and we have filled the freezer.
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Check out the blog site below for the pics.
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Loved your photo! Hope you don't mind me posting it here.

Haven't had fresh tuna in 7 months. It was too rough our last sail to put out a line (and we were going too quick ), but I'll have my filleting knife ready the next time we move.
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